Task Force seizes 11 vehicles for allegedly violating traffic laws
The Chairman of the Lagos State Task Force, Olayinka Egbeyemi, who ordered the seizure of the vehicles yesterday, stated that the agency acted on information from members of the public that motorists contravened traffic offences by driving against traffic.
“The most culpable set of people, who violate traffic laws are security officials around U-Turn Junction at Abule-Egba,” spokesman of the agency, Taofeek Adebayo, said.
Egbeyemi noted that the Lagos State Road Traffic Laws of 2012 prohibits driving against up coming vehicles (one-way) on all roads across Lagos.He reiterated that driving against traffic on any part of the state attracted strict forfeiture of such vehicle to the Lagos State Government without any option of fines in accordance with the Law.
The Chairman said: “Driving against traffic compounds vehicular problems across the state and had caused accidents where many people sustained serious injuries which eventually led to their permanent disability.”
Egbeyemi was said to have briefed the Lagos State Commissioner of Police Mr. Fatai Owoseni who directed that those arrested be charged to court. The vehicles impounded included Toyota Pencil (FST 734 DW), Toyota Camry (LND 244 AU), Mazda Jeep ( MUS 742 BW), Peugeot 404 ( AAA 715 EF), Skoda (AKD 355 BL), Nissan (EKY 474 DZ), KAI (MUS 670 AT), Honda (KSF 427 CB), Golf (LND 201 DD), Rav 4 (JJJ 336 DE) and (KTU 559 AE).
One of the arrested driver, who drove a Nissan Car with Registration No KTU 559 AE Mr. Sakiru Mosaku said he did not intend to drive against traffic, but that his sister, who is a Police Sergeant,asked him to follow ‘one-way”.
He disclosed that they were used to driving against traffic every morning around that area.Mosaku disclosed further that most vehicles plying one-way along that axis belonged to security men, who by virtue of their uniform, most times, refused to obey the Lagos State Road Traffic Laws of 2012.